square sail

\ ˈskwer-ˌsāl How to pronounce square sail (audio) , -səl \

Definition of square sail

: a 4-sided sail extended on a yard suspended at the middle from a mast

Examples of square sail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Bill Nye, the advent of CubeSats actually led to the current square sail design. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 After seven days in space, LightSail 2 will pop out of its container, extend four long booms, and deploy four sheets of mirror-like Mylar plastic into a 340-square-foot, square sail. NBC News, "Spacecraft that sail on sunshine could be the next big thing in spaceflight," 3 June 2019 When the wind blew favorably, the crew would have hoisted a square sail on the mast; the rest of the time, rowers would have lined up on the benches and propelled the ship along with large oars. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient Greek ship is the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of square sail

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Square sail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square%20sail. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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